While any Canon camera can be used for urban photography, interchangeable lens cameras give the greatest versatility. Smaller is often better, too, as a discreet approach can help capture candid shots of city life as people go about their business. Canon's mirrorless EOS M-series
cameras such as the EOS M50 Mark II
are particularly compact and unobtrusive.
Many photographers prefer 35mm prime lenses for their small, light profile and a field of view which, while wide enough to fit lots into the frame, remains relatively free of barrel distortion
compared to ultra-wide-angle lenses. The diminutive Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
pancake lens is absolutely ideal, with an 'effective' 35.2m focal length in full-frame terms. The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM
gives a more standard perspective and its fast aperture is great for isolating objects against a blurred background. If you're looking for versatility, the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM
is a wide-angle lens with built-in macro features. It's not just about prime lenses though – the compact Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
also goes large on versatility as a wide-angle zoom.
For DSLR users, the lightweight Canon EOS 250D
features a vari-angle articulating screen, ideal for capturing unusual and exciting perspectives. This is also featured in most other current Canon cameras, including the more sophisticated yet relatively compact Canon EOS 850D
, better suited to enthusiast photographers. Ideal city photography lenses for APS-C format DSLRs include the super-slim Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
pancake prime and the diminutive Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
ultra-wide-angle zoom – both are great for fitting even the largest buildings in the frame.
Moving up to a full-frame DSLR such as the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
, the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
is a top choice for shooting cityscapes handheld at night, its four-stop optical stabilisation
and fast f/2 aperture allowing light in when it is needed most. For mirrorless shooters, the full-frame Canon EOS RP
and Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS Macro STM
make a powerful yet compact outfit. The impressive ultra-wide-angle Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM
is a versatile option for urban photography, enabling you to capture wide cityscapes as well as close-ups of architectural detail thanks to its maximum magnification levels of 0.26x.